One of the great inspirational stories of the Christian faith comes from John and Betty Stam, missionaries to China in the 1930’s, during The Chinese Civil War. It wasn’t so much their life that has inspired many to go to the mission field. Rather, it was their death: they were captured by the Communists and beheaded.
Shortly before his death, John wrote to the China Inland Mission board, “Their demand is twenty thousand dollars for our release. All our possessions and stores are in their hands, but we praise God for peace in our hearts and a meal tonight. God grant you wisdom in what you do, and us fortitude, courage and peace of heart. He is able-and a wonderful Friend in such a time. … The Lord bless and guide you, and as for us, may God be glorified whether by life or by death” (see Philippians 1:20).